Bullard Talent students sell ‘ugly dolls’ to support Amendola Family Student Cupboard

The Amendola Family Student Cupboard at Fresno State received a $440 donation from a group of innovative students at Bullard Talent K-8 School.

The school’s sewing elective, taught by Fresno State graduate Janice Marshall, is mission-driven. Students in grades six through eight learn various sewing skills and spend the school year creating “ugly dolls,” which are sold at the school’s open house to raise money for local causes.

This year, the students raised nearly $900 — $440 of which went to the Amendola Family Student Cupboard, a free food and hygiene pantry for current Fresno State students. Another $440 was given to the California group Animal Compassion.

“Every student enrolled in this course knew [we were] fundraising,” said Finley, an eighth-grader. “We want to make sure Fresno State students know they don’t have to worry about going hungry or having essentials. We want to make sure they know we have their backs.”

Marshall students created a variety of “ugly dolls,” including Disney-themed dolls, heart-shaped dolls, flowers and various foods, and dolls that were free from the students’ imaginations.

“We call them ugly dolls, after the original movie, but there’s nothing ugly about them. They are actually works of art,” Marshall said.

The students are only in class two or three days a week, so some dolls took nearly a month to complete.

“Everyone got along. And the majority of these students are also involved in all of our performing arts – our choir, our dance ensemble, our play, our bands and our orchestra. They do all kinds of things besides that.”

The Amendola Family Student Cupboard offers a variety of perishable and non-perishable food items, including fresh produce donated by community partners both on and off campus. Hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and laundry detergent are available twice a month and diapers are also available once a month for students with children living in their household.

“It’s encouraging that young students already have this philanthropic mindset and want to donate to the University and the Amendola Family Student Cupboard,” said Alicia Nelson, director of the Amendola Family Student Cupboard. “Their hearts are in the right place and we hope they will continue to give their spirit in the future.”

The $440 donated by Marshall’s class is enough to provide Fresno State students with 440 frozen meals, 175 half gallons of milk or 240 packs of baby wipes.

“We are very grateful for the donation,” Nelson said. “Every dollar counts in supporting the basic needs of students.”

Established in 2014, The Amendola Family Student Cupboard is open year-round and serves nearly 3,000 students each year with a total of more than 20,000 visits for the previous academic year.

The Amendola Student Family Pantry is primarily funded by donations.

To donate to the Amendola Family Student Cupboard, contact David Hembree at 559.278.5052 or dhembree@csufresno.edu, or visit studentaffairs.fresnostate.edu.

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